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  • The First Sea Ice Master Hunters Used Advanced Sewing Techniques (Science Nordic)

    April 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    1_sko_nu_med_baggrund_0 Archaeologists think that Greenland’s earliest people were master tailors. They used sewing needles that they created from bird bones and threads spun from animal tendons. These tools were advanced enough, that when used over 4,000 years ago by the Saqqaq people, they  were able to master hunting on sea ice; and were the first to ever do this. They used an overcast stitch which does not waste material. There aren't many clothing objects found from 4,000 years ago that appear to have been repaired, but shoes and socks wear a lot since they are used so much, which is why it is interesting that part of a sock, discovered by archeologists seems to have been repaired by the Saqqaq people.

  • Sew Your Way From Good To Great!

    July 6, 2015 by Britex Fabrics


    Britex is thrilled to announce that SeamstressErin will be joining us on July 25th to teach her Sewing 101 class. Erin has a adorable take on comfy, classic looks and we cannot wait to have her here in the store. She will be explaining and showing us an arsenal of sewing techniques that are easy to understand and complete, but will help elevate any garment from good to great. Learn the where, why, and how for techniques like understitching, underlining, pattern matching, and much more. This is an excellent workshop for beginning sewists just learning techniques or intermediate sewists who want to brush up and learn new applications for what they already know. Grab your ticket now, and we will see you on July 25th!

  • How to Understitch for Neatness

    February 8, 2013 by Britex Fabrics

    Tasia from the fabulous Canadian sewing blog, Sewaholic: Sewing Projects, Tips and Inspiration for the Modern Seamstress made this step by step tutorial on how to understitch garments for neat facings and linings. Often this kind of attention to detail is what separates the cats from the kittens (so to speak!)

  • How to Use Silk Organze as Underlining

    March 9, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    It is bridal season! Sherry from the Auckland, New Zealand-based blog, pattern ~ scissors ~ cloth demonstrates how to use silk organza as underlining for a fitted cocktail or wedding gown bodice. She says that she uses it a lot in wedding gowns because it is lightweight, crisp, and is easy to cut, sew and press. Underlining adds body and stability to your shell fabric, and allows you to catch stitch hems and seam allowances invisibly. It is this kind of persnickety attention to detail that makes bespoke items fit with flair and beauty!

  • How to Work with Interfacing

    July 28, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Here are ten tips on working with interfacing from Kathleen Fasanella at Fashion Incubator. It is often the behind-the-scenes construction that makes all the difference in how a garment fits, and even the reader comments following this post on interfacing contain valuable information.

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